At the July 30 MLB Trade Deadline, the SF Giants made a last-minute, bold move to acquire 3B/OF Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs. In the deal, the Giants gave up prospects Alexander Canario and Caleb Kilian.
So far, Bryant has been a welcome addition to the Giants lineup. In just 12 games with the Giants, he has slashed .292/.346/.458 with one home run and four RBI in 52 plate appearances.
While Bryant brings strong offensive production to the table, he is also versatile in the field. As the team has gotten healthier over the last few weeks, Bryant has played all over the diamond. This should only continue when Evan Longoria returns. However, there are three reasons why Bryant will not be wearing the Orange and Black in 2022.
SF Giants: Three reasons Kris Bryant will not re-sign
1. Scott Boras Client
This is a big one. It is no secret that Boras represents the vast majority of the most talented players in baseball.
The SF Giants’ most recent dealings with Boras came in the 2018-19 offseason when Bryce Harper was the biggest fish on the market.
While the Giants were in on Harper in that offseason, Boras was able to push the Phillies to give his client a 13-year, $330 million deal. Just by Bryant being one of his clients, that means he’s going to want a massive deal in both years and average annual value (AAV).
However, if there were to be any glimmer of hope, Boras has one other client that will require a lot of money as well – Max Scherzer. After being traded, he will be looking for a new deal since his current contract expires after this season.
So, the hope is that Boras gets caught up with the Scherzer market and waits on Bryant’s new destination until afterward. I know this is not likely, but this could be the only way the price goes down. It is the only hope we have if Bryant does come back to San Francisco. The thing is, Boras deals with this every offseason, which makes this a very unlikely scenario.
The most recent contract we have to look back at from a Boras client that plays 3B is Anthony Rendon. In the 2019-20 offseason, Rendon received a massive seven-year, $245 Million deal from the Los Angeles Angels. This is just another example of Boras driving up the price and the team not getting anywhere near what they paid.
Had Byrant been represented by anyone else there would be a reason to have some confidence that he will re-sign. It is just not the case when Boras is the one representing him.